Jerry Mathers of 'Leave it to Beaver' still recognized
By Greg Hernandez, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 05/21/2008 01:00:00 AM PDT
Jerry Mathers may be turning 60 on June 2, but there aren't many places he can go where people don't recognize him from his childhood role of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver on TV's "Leave it to Beaver."
"I guess I still have that same round little face," he said recently. "People always recognize me so it's a really fun thing.
"`Leave it to Beaver' plays in 89 languages in about 120 countries so it's not even just in this country. I can go all over the world and people will come running up to me and they know me."
He may have been just a kid when he started playing the Beav, but Mathers was already a working actor by the time the series began. He starred in his first commercial at age 2 and his early movies included "This Is My Love" and "The Trouble with Harry."
He landed the part of Beaver after telling the show's producers that he'd rather be at his Cub Scout meeting.